Abasand Fiasco : The rise and fall of a brave pioneer oil sands extraction plant. First Printing in dustjacket

By: COMFORT, Darlene J. DUFFY, Peter G.

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COMFORT, Darlene J. The Abasand Fiasco : The rise and fall of a brave pioneer oil sands extraction plant. Edited by Peter G. Duffy. (Edmonton : Friesen Printers, October 1980). First Printing. Pp (1),2-148,(4). Illustrated. Index. 4to, pale green cloth, black lettering to front board and spine. "Together the two struggled to raise both nterest and funds in order to build an exoerimental oil extraction plant in a secluded valley on the banks of the Horse River near the hamlet of Fort McMurray. They failed to find anyone else in Canada who shared their enthusiasm for the Athabasca tar sands. TheGreat Depression had most of the Free World in its terrible grip and no on e was willing to gamble. Undaunted, Ball drained his financial resources and the plant was built, proudly sporting the name Abasand Oils Ltd. With Ells' accumulated knowledge of the tar sands and Ball's experience in oil, success should have been theirs; after all, they had both paid their dues in the long years which had gone before. Fate thought otherwise and triumph slipped from their grasp to be replaced by frustration, disaster, despair, andfinally, abandonment. Never had a company endured so many misfortunes whic h were none of its own making. The outbreak of the Second World War, two near-disastrous fires and the expropriation of the entire operation by the federal government helped sound the death knell for the brave little adventure in the Horse River valley. Even the Alberta government's slow awakening to the potential of the tar sands came too late to save Abasand Ols Ltd. If there is any consolation, it is that Ells lived long enough to see his dreams become a reality with the opening of the Great Canadian Oil Sands plant (now Suncor), the world's first commercial oil sands extraction plant. The Abasand Fiasco is a true story of courage and heartbreak which has many parallels in today's development of the Athabasca tar sands. It is also a tribute to the pioneers like Ells and Ball." (from the dj). Very good in chipped and torn dustjacket. Signed with inscription by the author. 30.00

Title: Abasand Fiasco : The rise and fall of a brave pioneer oil sands extraction plant. First Printing in dustjacket

Author Name: COMFORT, Darlene J. DUFFY, Peter G.

Categories: 888,

Publisher: Friesen Printers, Edmonton, AB, 1980, ISBN:088925201F:

Seller ID: 104375

Keywords: OIL SANDS TAR SANDS ALBERTA ABASAND CANADA CANADIAN PETROLEUM INDUSTRY HISTORY,